Auteur theory in film suggests not only that a director is the primary author of a film, but also that the film must be analyzed within the context of the director’s other films. Directors create certain expectations with their films much in the same way authors create certain expectations with their writing. Are there directors whose work you always recognize when you see it? What qualities bind their works together?
Write (due Thursday, Day 3)
Spike Lee (Director)
A director who I would consider an auteur.
I would liken Spike Lee who is a director as an auteur. "Auteur" is the French word for author” Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). The director is the creator of the film who puts his/her individual style and persona to the project.
Discuss the arguments against auteur theory and provide examples to support your points.
“The auteur theory deems the director as the major creative force in a motion picture. Over the course of a director’s film career, they tend to develop a personal style that is present in all of his/her films” ("Auteur Theory: Spike Lee", 2018). In many of Spike Lee’s films you can see the parallel of much of his personal life experiences. For instance, Spike was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The location of the film Jungle Fever was shot in New York. Much of the film Malcolm X was shot in New York.
How the auteur theory...